The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 was passed to protect survivors of modern-day slavery, women, children, and men who have been victims of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation/forced prostitution.
Since the original Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) was passed in 2000, it has been renewed unanimously three times. However, in 2011, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S. 1301) died in committee in the Senate and never made it to the floor for a vote, despite the fact that more than half of all US Senators co-sponsored the Act.
MU Stop Traffic, the University of Missouri's student-led, anti-human trafficking organization, feels compelled to fight for the TVPA, in order to prevent, combat, and eliminate modern-day slavery in the United States and around the world. The TVPA is a piece of vital legislation that has created numerous offices, including the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, which publishes an annual report examining the anti-trafficking efforts of every country in the world. The TVPA also defined forced labor trafficking, child labor, sex trafficking/forced prostitution, and sex trafficking of children, among other things, as federal crimes, penalizing exploiters and pimps for their heinous crimes and created prevention programs, encouraging state and non-governmental agencies to prevent sexual exploitation of minors.
For 11 years, the TVPA protected victims of modern-day slavery in the US, the majority of whom are US citizens. However, the TVPA expired on Sept. 30 and many state and non-profit agencies have lost their funding and ability to prevent human trafficking and assist survivors. Please renew the TVPA and don't let human rights become a politicized issue.
With strong American leadership and dedication, we abolished slavery once and we have full faith that we can do it again.